The Notable Absentee
It took six months for Bell Labs to announce their invention of the transistor to the world.
First came a press conference on June 30th 1947.
Then came a technical conference and demo on July 20th to which the scientific glitterati were invited.
A notable absentee was Lee de Forest, inventor of the triode which he called the Audion.
In his letter declining Bell Labs’ invitation, de Forest referred to ‘the wake of my 42 year-old infant the Audion,’ adding, ‘I suspect, however, that the interment of the remains will prove to be a long, time-consuming process, at least in the realms of high powers and very high frequencies.’